One of the most important things you'll need is travel insurance. Sometimes unexpected things happen on holiday. Travel insurance can give you peace of mind while you're away.
Level of protection varies and it's important to read the small print about what is and isn't covered. Check if your credit cards offer travel insurance before purchasing elsewhere.
Using your mobile or hotel phones when you're overseas can often be expensive. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased before you leave and can help you save on international roaming costs. If you do decide to take your mobile overseas you might still be able to receive text messages, but think about turning international roaming off so you don’t get a hefty phone bill at the end of your trip. You can also purchase prepaid SIM cards at your destination, but make sure to use a trusted supplier.
Safety, laws and customs
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) runs a very helpful website called Smart Traveller that outlines safety warnings, the local customs and laws of most countries.
Before you travel to a destination you should check for any safety warnings or travel advice that has been issued. Sometimes unexpected things occur that make it dangerous to travel to certain places.
Once you step off the plane into another country, you’re subject to the laws of that country. Things that are legal and don't seem like a big deal at home can be illegal elsewhere. Make sure you research the laws and customs of the countries you visit.
You also need to respect local customs to avoid awkward or even dangerous situations. It’s your responsibility to know what’s acceptable.